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The climate and development challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean

Author: W. Vergara, A., R. Rios, L., M. Galindo
Publisher: Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo / Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
Publication Date: Apr 2013

Climate change is already affecting the foundations on which Latin American societies rely for sustenance and welfare. Addressing these impacts, this report was prepared by a task force of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC). 

Although the carbon footprint of Latin America and the Caribbean is modest and appears to be decreasing, efforts to further reduce that footprint are required if global climate stabilization goals are to be achieved. A substantial contribution of this report is the outlining of specific paths (expressed as sets of actions) toward the achievement of a footprint of two tons per capita per annum in the region.